From Bob Dylan to Eminem, it's become natural to express intimate thoughts through songwriting for millions to hear
Prince died as he lived, in his recording studio, where the musical mines worked day and night
She tries soul moves over gospel piano, but owes more to Shirley Bassey then Aretha
His own tearful songs show how much rock’n’roll can still give when the singer has absorbed so many blows
The music is a low, echoing shiver, the words about desperate individuals piercingly clear, the light blue
Cliff’s high-voltage charisma is undimmed at 67
'Man, I’m supposed to have been rotting in the ground for a year'
The band's secret, only recently returned weapon, Christine McVie dominates the early, Anglo-Californian harmonies
Mercury-nominated artist channels Edith Piaf but will never succeed in being quite so strange
Even in jazz, sometimes the simplest pleasures are best
Drummers are finally beginning to shake their tag as 'clueless thumpers'
In their defence, there would be almost universal interest in this quintet touring one last time and a line-up with Phil Collins centre-stage would attract millions of fans
The Mercury Prize mostly acts as the slightly hip wing of the music industry's hype machine. It can, though, give a legitimate leg-up to a band such as Polar Bear, whose new album In Each And Every One has earned their second nomination, and whose questing post-jazz is a long-shot for mainstream acclaim.
‘He can get a tune out of anything,’ said Bobby Gillespie
The force of his personality, best expressed in the rebel spirit of his rich songs, carries him over most pitfalls